Brown Publishing Company

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Brown Publishing Company was a privately owned Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper business started by Congressman Clarence J. Brown in 1920. It ended 90 years of operations in August/September 2010 with its bankruptcy and sale of assets to a new company formed by its creditors and called Ohio Community Media Inc.[1] The company was previously a family-owned business; it published 18 daily newspapers, 27 weekly newspapers, and 26 free weeklies. The former CEO was Brown's grandson, Roy Brown. The chairman of the board was Roy's brother Clancy Brown, who is also an actor.

Bankruptcy proceedings[edit]

On April 30, 2010 the company and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in federal court in Central Islip, New York, in the Eastern District of New York in Docket 10-73295. It listed Brown and 14 affiliates, with assets of $94.1 million and $104.6 million in debts as of March 31, 2010. Its affiliates included Delaware Gazette Co., Texas Business News LLC, Utah Business Publishers LLC, Texas Community Newspapers Inc., Upstate Business News LLC, Troy Daily News Inc., SC Biz News LLC, ARG LLC, Brown Business Ledger LLC, Dan's Papers Inc., Business Publications LLC.[2]

Several key executives of Brown Publishing submitted a plan to purchase key assets of the company under the auspices of a newly created company, Brown Media Holdings. This plan fell through when a key lender backing the plan withdrew its offer.[3]

On September 3, 2010, it was announced that Manhattan Media had purchased Dan's Papers, Montauk Pioneer, and Hampton Style Magazine from Brown.[4]

Later in September, Brown's 14 Ohio dailies and about 50 weekly publications were transferred to Ohio Community Media, a new entity owned by Brown's creditors, in a transaction valued at $21.75 million.[5] Over the next few months, the new company sold a "mini-empire" of business newsweeklies which Brown had assembled starting in 2007. The company sold titles in cities ranging from Charleston, South Carolina; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Fort Worth, Texas; to Naperville, Illinois.[6]

Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management completed its purchase of Ohio Community Media for an undisclosed price in May 2011. By this point, the chain consisted of 14 daily newspapers and about 30 weeklies, all located in Ohio.[7]




Free weeklies[edit]


Former holdings, New York[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ Sanctis, Matt (September 4, 2010). "Judge OKs Sale of Brown Newspapers". Dayton Daily News. via HighBeam Research. Retrieved June 8, 2012.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Brown's Biz Journals Now All Sold". NewsInc. via HighBeam Research. February 14, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2012.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Business Headlines: Local Newspapers Have New Owners". Dayton Daily News. via HighBeam Research. May 21, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2012.  (subscription required)

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